• Keily Blair

Writing Journal Update 8

Note: Unfortunately, I’ve become too busy for regular blog posts, but I’ll still try to write these writing updates. Focusing on five classes, an internship, editing, writing, and still making time for myself has become incredibly difficult, but hopefully new, interesting blog posts will start again soon!

College Updates: So my “textbook” for my diversity class is World of Warcraft, a game I’ve always been curious about but never tried. Playing video games is probably my third favorite hobby (I should probably note that I consider writing a hobby as well as a career, and that mindset has kept writing from being a “chore”). Also, I’ve started on several nonfiction and fiction pieces for my classes as well, which I will announce below.

“The Orchid’s Crimson Maw”: This piece is being published in The Dread Machine in the spring and will likely be on their front page. I’m very excited about this!

“Untitled Nonfiction Piece”: I am writing this as an exploration of the relationship with my father after his recent heart attack (another reason my blog posts have been slow, so bear with me). This will be a flash piece.

“Untitled Horror Piece”: This piece is going into my collection of plant horror, and more will be announced on it as I work on it. The featured plant is red algae (yes, technically protists and plants and whatnot, but for the purpose of this collection, I’m homing in on the “plant” idea). I've got another Southern

“Untitled Dark Fantasy Piece”: I have the concept and setting for this written, but I still need to explore characters and magic more. Stay tuned for more information.

Publishing News: Besides “The Orchid’s Crimson Maw,” I should have another piece published online soon. Stay tuned for details.

Personal Readings: Alice Isn’t Dead by Joseph Fink (horror, audiobook), Devil’s Creek by Todd Keisling (horror, novel), The Hunger by Alma Katsu (horror, novel), readings from Exigencies edited by Richard Thomas (dark fiction, anthology), readings from The Rose Medal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction edited by Dinty W. Moore

Finished: “Hands” by Ted Kooser (creative nonfiction, flash essay), “Stitched” by Briana Loveall (creative nonfiction, flash essay), “Leap” by Brian Doyle (creative nonfiction, flash essay), “Wilderness” by Letitia Trent (Exigencies, dark fiction, short story)

There will be news on upcoming stories and other blog posts in the coming weeks. I’m considering making a market list, and I also will make a post on revision.

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